Fenn School, an innovative school for boys grades four through nine, is committed to the arts as an integral part of a well-rounded education. Every boy participates in four periods of arts a week. Offerings include painting, woodworking, ceramics, photography, video production, drama, and music.
The Arts teach students important lessons. Through a broad-based curriculum, boys learn the value of thinking in various modalities, using hands, eyes, minds, voices, and bodies for creative expression and communication. They learn to take risks in front of an audience and in the studio, communicating in ways that reach beyond the language of words and numbers. A hands-on philosophy allows boys to "do" art, gaining firsthand knowledge, appreciation, and articulation of the creative process.
Faculty members—many of them working artists—give students guidance and direction as they initiate and carry out artistic projects. Students have the time to explore the arts in depth and find their own interests. They have access to arts studios and materials, a well-equipped woodworking shop, a darkroom, and video editing facilities on our campus. Our new Meeting and Performance Hall features a state-of-the-art tech booth.
At Fenn, art is a part of daily life. There are displays of student paintings, photography, and ceramics. Vocal and instrumental musicians perform for their fellow students and for the larger community, such as when the Marching Band appears in the annual Patriots' Day Parade in Concord. Dramatic productions and the Winter Musical bring the community together to celebrate creativity.